CarTrawler, the technology platform that powers car rentals, chauffeurs,
taxis and other ground transportation services, is adding on-demand ride hailing to its system.
Through a partnership with London-based startup Splyt, CarTrawler’s air
and rail customers can now offer ride-hailing right in their mobile apps.
“So rather than having Car Trawler go to every ride-hailing player
separately, or every airline going to every ride-hailing player separately and
doing separate negotiations, separate invoicing relationships, and separate
integrations, we bundle it into a single marketplace and become that single
source of access to global on demand inventory,” says Philipp Mintchin, founder
and CEO of Splyt.
Travelers will be able to compare different local ride options and book
their selection in the airline’s app as soon as they land.
Payments will be
managed via the airline app and carriers will have the option to allow frequent
flyer program members to use points or airmiles to pay for the ride.
CarTrawler currently has around 100 airlines and 2,500 online travel brand partners on its books.
Mintchin says the partnership allows airlines and rail companies to provide a more seamless experience
for travelers by eliminating the burden of downloading and giving payment details
to multiple apps.
“It’s about retaining the user, it’s about the
user interacting with your brand – not just before or after booking – and it’s
about ancillary products that differentiate yourself from your competitors,” he
Splyt launched in 2015 as a consumer-focused app and then pivoted in
December 2016 to become a B2B mobility marketplace. The company currently provides
access to on-demand transportation in more than 360 cities across 29 countries.
Mintchin says they are continually adding new ride-hailing services to
the marketplace, but he could not comment on whether they may add Uber or Lyft.
The company’s chief technology officer is speaking at Phocuswright Europe 2018. More details HERE!